Questions shroud Lonechild case

first_imgAPTN National NewsSaskatchewan justice officials have hinted that the circumstances surrounding a venue change in the sentencing of a First Nations leader may come under review.At the same time, another Saskatchewan chief is publicly condemning the leader after he pleaded guilty to serious charges in court.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf reports.last_img

Labrador government US museum given cultural repatriation award for returning Inuit remains

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) has awarded the Nunatsiavut government in Labrador and Chicago’s Field Museum with a cultural repatriation award for returning Inuit bodies that had been dug up and taken for scientific study.It’s the first time the ITK has handed out the Cultural Repatriation Award.“In this discussion of reconciliation and the pathways to get there, we wanted to celebrate some of the people who have worked with us to get there, and hopefully move the conversation to a much more positive space,” Natan Obed, president of ITK, said Wednesday.Obed said the decision to establish the award came after controversy earlier this spring over cultural appropriation.Prominent writers and journalists said people should be encouraged to imagine stories set in other cultures.Several proposed an annual cultural appropriation prize – and two lost their jobs in the ensuing furor.“We thought we might capitalize on the moment because it obviously touched a nerve,” said Obed.The award changes the conversation, added Helen Robbins, the Field Museum’s director of repatriation.“Reconciliation is an easy word or idea to talk about but it’s hard to do. The Inuit are really putting themselves (forward) to try and move past the history.”The award recognizes the return of the bodies of 22 Inuit who were exhumed in 1927-1928 by William Strong, then an assistant curator at the museum.Strong dug up marked graves in the Inuit community of Zoar, a now-abandoned settlement located between the Nunatsiavut communities of Hopedale and Nain. Strong didn’t have permission to uncover the graves, which dated from the late 1800s, and did it over the community’s objections.The remains were kept in the museum’s collection until they were returned to Nunatsiavut in 2011 after three years of negotiations. They have since been reburied.The museum covered all costs associated with the transfer.Robbins said researchers were able to identify the names of some of the people whose graves were violated.The return of the bodies opened a relationship between the museum and Nunatsiavut. In 2012, the museum signed a memorandum of understanding with Nunatsiavut to create research opportunities and collaborative exhibits involving shared learning.“Whether it’s in U.S. society or Canadian society, (there has been) this constant taking of symbols and signs and cultural knowledge of indigenous communities and using it for gain,” said Robbins.“Repatriation doesn’t change the initial harm or hurt but it’s a step in moving forward.”The Inuit Cultural Repatriation Award is to be presented in Nain, N.L., next week as a part of the ITK annual general meeting.Contact APTN National News here: news@aptn.calast_img read more

Amid trade fight Trump says hell make it up to farmers

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump acknowledged Monday that farmers could be adversely affected by the escalating tariff dispute with China, but promised to make it up to them, saying they “will be better off than they ever were.”Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, Trump addressed the Chinese threat to slap tariffs on soybeans and other agriculture staples grown in rural America, a move that could hit Midwestern farmers, many of whom are strong supporters of the president.“If during the course of the negotiation they want to hit the farmers because they think that hits me. I wouldn’t say that’s nice, but I tell you our farmers are great patriots,” Trump said. “They understand that they’re doing this for the country. We’ll make it up to them. In the end they’re going to be much stronger than they are right now.”China is threatening the tariffs in response to Trump moving to enact protectionist measures as punishment for Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property. The U.S. bought more than $500 billion in goods from China last year and now is planning or considering penalties on some $150 billion of those imports. The U.S. sold about $130 billion in goods to China in 2017 and faces a potentially devastating hit if China responds in kind.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was working with his team “to determine how best to respond to China’s attack on American farmers” and had asked the Agriculture Department to provide him with a plan to protect U.S. farmers.As the economic saber-rattling shakes global markets, Trump said Monday he had a good relationship with China and with President Xi Jinping, but repeated his claim that China has been “taking advantage of the United States for many years.” He added that he doesn’t blame China, but American leaders for creating a “lopsided” set of trade rules.Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted about the “STUPID TRADE” with China, saying that when a Chinese-made vehicle is sent to the U.S., the tariff is only 2.5 per cent, while American cars exported to China are slapped with a 25 per cent tariff.China charges total duties of 25 per cent on most imported cars — a 10 per cent customs tariff plus a 15 per cent auto tax. Since December 2016, Beijing also has charged an additional 10 per cent on “super-luxury” vehicles priced above 1.3 million yuan ($200,000).The president made fixing the trade imbalance with China a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, where he frequently used incendiary language to describe how Beijing would “rape” the U.S. economically. But even as Trump cozied up to Xi and pressed China for help with derailing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, he has ratcheted up the economic pressure and threatened tariffs, a move opposed by many fellow Republicans.China has pledged to “counterattack with great strength” if Trump decides to follow through on his latest threat to impose tariffs on an additional $100 billion in Chinese goods — after an earlier announcement that targeted $50 billion. Beijing also declared that the current rhetoric made negotiations impossible, even as the White House suggested that the tariff talk was a way to spur China to the bargaining table.The new White House economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said Sunday that a “coalition of the willing” — including Canada, much of Europe and Australia — was being formed to pressure China and that the U.S. would demand that the World Trade Organization, an arbiter of trade disputes, be stricter on Beijing. And he said that although the U.S. hoped to avoid taking action, Trump “was not bluffing.”“This is a problem caused by China, not a problem caused by President Trump,” Kudlow said on “Fox News Sunday.”But he also downplayed the tariff threat as “part of the process,” suggesting on CNN that the impact would be “benign” and said he was hopeful that China would enter negotiations. Kudlow, who started his job a week ago after his predecessor, Gary Cohn, quit over the tariff plan, brushed aside the possibility of economic repercussions.“I don’t think there’s any trade war in sight,” Kudlow told Fox.Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he didn’t expect the tariffs to have a “meaningful impact on the economy” even as he left the door open for disruption. He allowed that there “could be” a trade war but said he didn’t anticipate one.Trump’s latest proposal intensified what was already shaping up to be the biggest trade battle in more than a half century.Trump told advisers last week that he was unhappy with China’s decision to tax $50 billion in American products, including soybeans and small aircraft, in response to a U.S. move to impose tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods. Rather than waiting weeks for the U.S. tariffs to be implemented, Trump backed a plan by Robert Lighthizer, his trade representative, to seek the enhanced tariffs.Further escalation could be in the offing. The U.S. Treasury Department is working on plans to restrict Chinese technology investments in the U.S. And there is talk that the U.S. could also put limits on visas for Chinese who want to visit or study in this country.___Associated Press writers Hope Yen and Thomas Strong contributed to this report.___Follow Lemire on Twitter at read more

Nebraska regulators to vote on TransCanadas Keystone XL pipeline next week

LINCOLN, Neb. — A decision on the last major regulatory hurdle for TransCanada in its nine-year quest to complete the Keystone XL pipeline will be made next week.The Nebraska Public Service Commission says in statement that a vote on the application will be held during its meeting on Nov. 20.Approving the project would allow TransCanada to gain access to holdout landowners’ property using Nebraska’s eminent domain laws.Final investment decision on the horizon for long-delayed Keystone XLTransCanada reports $612-million Q3 profit, awaits Keystone XL rulingThe pipeline would transport oilsands oil from Alberta through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines that feed Texas Gulf Coast refineries.Opponents say the pipeline would pass through the Sandhills, an ecologically fragile region of grass-covered sand dunes, and would cross the land of farmers and ranchers who don’t want it.South Dakota and Montana regulators have already approved the project.Environmental groups had persuaded former U.S. president Barack Obama to deny federal approval in November 2015. But President Donald Trump resuscitated the project in March, declaring that Calgary-based TransCanada would create “an incredible pipeline.”The Nebraska commission had been required to make a decision by Nov. 23, and must decide whether the project serves the public’s interests, based on evidence presented by lawyers and through public hearings earlier this year.The elected commission is comprised of four Republicans and one Democrat.Company officials have said their preferred route is the most direct way to transport oil and that rerouting the pipeline would add millions of dollars to the project’s $8-billion price tag. read more

US notes importance of Right to Information in Sri Lanka

He also noted that there are other important decisions before the Government including some that will require principled leadership and determination in order to set the country firmly on a path towards greater and lasting peace and prosperity.“The effort to make the Constitution more fair and inclusive, to reflect and celebrate the diversity of Sri Lanka, to ensure equal rights and opportunity for all Sri Lankans, to empower citizens to achieve their full potential, reflects a courageous, positive, and principled vision. Replacing the outdated Prevention of Terrorism Act with a new national security legal architecture can help not only prevent future abuses, but also ensure stronger defenses against modern threats to Sri Lanka, and to it democracy and citizens’ rights. All of you understand the heart-breaking need to create a credible and effective institution to bring truth, resolution, and justice to those families who lost loved ones on both sides of the war, and to foster a lasting climate of reconciliation and brotherhood after so many years of conflict. Your government has launched a discussion with ordinary citizens and civil society to determine the best way forward, and we look forward to steady progress toward healing these wounds, including the establishment of an Office of Missing Persons, and other helpful steps,” he added.He said the United States looks forward to opportunities to provide more support, bring more resources, and share more expertise in Sri Lanka’s efforts to be at the rightful place as a leader in the international community, one that contributes to the global economy; promotes human rights, accountability, transitional justice, and democracy; and that helps to uphold international law. (Colombo Gazette) He also noted that the current Government understood that a preponderant majority of well-meaning Sri Lankans want transition to an era of reconciliation, unity, peace, democracy, and rule of law.“I applaud your resolve to help Sri Lanka restore its standing in the international community, including, notably, through historic co-sponsorship of the UN Resolution that pledges Sri Lanka to tread the difficult but essential path toward reconciliation, truth, justice, and non-recurrence of conflict for allm” he said. “Just as President Obama made government transparency one of his first priorities, I am also encouraged by similar pledges from President Sirisena, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, and other top government officials in Sri Lanka.  Certainly, the last elections have shown that Sri Lanka’s voters consider government transparency a priority,” he said. The United States today noted the importance of Right to Information in Sri Lanka saying it will give Sri Lankans the tools to make their country a better place, and prevent any return to an era of secrecy and a lack of accountability.US Ambassador Atul Keshap, speaking at a Right to Information (RTI) interactive dialogue launch at the Water’s Edge Hotel said that any democracy requires that Government officials be accountable to the citizens who elected them, and that accountability requires transparency. The Ambassador also noted that as US Secretary of State Jon Kerry promised during his visit to Sri Lanka a year ago, the United States will stand by the side of Sri Lanka as the country makes progress on the important good governance reforms and human rights commitments. read more

WHO calls for war on tobacco to include antiaddiction treatment

Noting that tobacco products are designed to create and maintain dependence, and that many of their constituent compounds are toxic and can cause cancer, WHO stressed that therapies for tobacco dependence can contribute substantially and immediately to health gains.”There is overwhelming evidence of the health benefits of quitting smoking, and the effectiveness of treating tobacco dependence, which is classified as a disorder,” WHO’s Director for tobacco control, Vera da Costa e Silva, said as the agency released the policy guidelines at the 12th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Helsinki, Finland.”However, the public health sector in many countries is not investing in smoking-cessation services, and in most countries only limited steps have been taken to provide treatment, train health-care providers, and release financial resources. Smoking cessation is very often not seen as a public health priority, or included in governments’ tobacco control strategies,” Dr. da Costa e Silva added.The guidelines, developed by world experts at a meeting in Moscow last year, aim to provide countries with evidence-based material as part of WHO’s support to countries wishing to implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), unanimously adopted by the 192-member agency in May.Because of tobacco’s addictiveness, many smokers will need support to quit. Surveys show that about one-third of smokers try to quit every year. Those who try to stop using willpower alone have only a 1 to 3 per cent chance of long-term success. read more

Burkina Faso lawyer named UN independent human rights expert for DR Congo

An award-winning writer, Mr. Pacéré counts among his many publications a book he wrote for the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on the rights of migrant workers in Burkina Faso from 1897 to 2003.He is also one of the lawyers accredited to plead before the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania. UN rights experts work independently of governments. They report to the UN Human Rights Commission and, in some cases, to the UN General Assembly.

Lebanon Security Council concerned by destabilizing impact of political assassinations

“The Security Council calls upon all parties to show restraint and a sense of responsibility with a view to the successful completion of the electoral process and government formation in the country,” the Council declared in a statement read out by the 15-nation body’s President for the month of June, Ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sablière of France, after a formal meeting.Mr. de la Sablière also said that the Council condemned in the strongest terms the bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, on 2 June that killed the outspoken Lebanese journalist Samir Qassir, “who was a symbol of political independence and freedom.” He further stated that the Council reaffirmed its Resolution 1559 and it “reiterates its call for the strict respect of the sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence of Lebanon.” Resolution 1559 calls for the withdrawal of all foreign forces from Lebanon, the disarmament of militia, the extension of Government control over all Lebanese territory and the holding of free elections. The Council also welcomed “the determination and commitment of the Government of Lebanon to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of this assassination, and determines that this assassination, like others before it, constitutes a pernicious effort to undermine security, stability, sovereignty, political independence and efforts aimed at preserving civil accord in the country.” read more

Liberia top UN envoy calls on officers to work harder to strengthen

“We cannot allow anyone to undermine the country’s peace and stability, which has been achieved at such high cost,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Alan Doss said at an award ceremony yesterday where 164 officers and military observers of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) received peacekeeping medals.“We must continue working to promote and protect human rights everywhere in this nation, we must continue working to curb crime and make communities safe, we must continue working to rebuild roads and create jobs across the country,” he told the recipients, who perform specialized tasks behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the mission’s operations.In commending the military observers, Mr. Doss said: “They are our eyes and ears; they provide regular assessments on security and public order, cross border movements, community disputes, weapons collection, unexploded ordinance, road and bridge conditions, illegal traffic of timber and rubber.”He noted that the staff officers are the administrative backbone of UNMIL’s military management, working as construction engineers, medical doctors, logistics experts, supply specialists, military analysts, personnel managers, trainers and legal advisers, providing support for a 15,000-strong multi national force. He stressed the need for senior officers to remain vigilant and careful with their behaviour so that nothing is done to undermine the trust that the people of Liberia have in UNMIL.“Liberians expect us to help them recover from the trauma and pain of conflict. We must not add to their suffering. This is why we must all scrupulously respect the Secretary-General’s policy of zero tolerance of sexual exploitation and abuse,” Mr. Doss said. UNMIL, established by the Security Council three years ago to support the peace process after a ceasefire between the warring factions, played a multifaceted role in overseeing Liberia’s transition from the ravages of a disastrous civil war, culminating in the democratic election of Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf less than a year ago. read more

NTSB chairman Lithium batteries not necessarily unsafe in aviation but safeguards needed

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NTSB chairman: Lithium batteries not necessarily unsafe in aviation but safeguards needed by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Feb 6, 2013 6:59 pm MDT WASHINGTON – Despite a battery fire in one Boeing 787 Dreamliner and smoke in another, the type of batteries used to power the plane’s electrical systems aren’t necessarily unsafe — manufacturers just need to build in reliable safeguards, the nation’s top aviation safety investigator said Wednesday.National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman said she doesn’t want to “categorically” rule out the use of lithium ion batteries to power aircraft systems, even though it’s clear that safeguards failed in the case of a Japan Airlines 787 that had a battery fire while parked at Boston’s Logan International Airport last month.“Obviously what we saw in the 787 battery fire in Boston shows us there were some risks that were not mitigated, that were not addressed,” Hersman told reporters in an interview. The fire was “not what we would have expected to see in a brand new battery in a brand new airplane,” she said.The board is still weeks away from determining the cause of the Jan. 7 battery fire, Hersman said.At the same time, Boeing received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly one of its 787s from Fort Worth, Texas, to Everett, Wash., on Thursday. The permission is for a single flight for the purpose of relocating the plane, and is not a test flight, the FAA said in a statement. The FAA is still considering a separate Boeing request to conduct test flights, the agency said.Boeing Co. spokesman Marc Birtel said that Boeing is still trying to find the cause of the battery incidents. “We are confident — as is the FAA — that the 787 is safe to operate for this activity. Safety of the crew on board is our top priority,” he said in a statement.The 787 is the first airliner to make extensive use of lithium batteries. Aircraft makers view lithium batteries, which are lighter and can store more energy than other types of batteries of an equivalent size, as an important way to save on fuel costs. The Airbus A350, expected to be ready next year, will also make extensive use of lithium ion batteries. Manufacturers are also looking to retrofit existing planes, replacing other types of batteries with lithium ion.But lithium batteries are more likely to short circuit and start a fire than other batteries if they are damaged, if there is a manufacturing flaw or if they are exposed to excessive heat.Investigators are also looking into the special conditions the FAArequired Boeing to meet in order to use lithium ion batteries to power the 787’s electrical systems, she said.A government-industry advisory board that works closely with the FAA issued testing standards for lithium batteries used in aircraft operations several months after the agency had approved a separate testing regime for the 787’s batteries.“What happens is that when an aircraft is certified it basically gets locked into the standards that were in existence at the time,” Hersman said. Oftentimes, tougher standards will come along later, but aren’t applied to already-approved aircraft designs. “Those are issues we do look at regularly in our investigations and it is something I’m sure we will be focusing on with the battery,” she said.Investigators have been working very closely with the FAA on a review the agency has under way of its sanctioning of the 787’s certification for flight, Hersman said. The FAA awarded the certification in August 2011.“We are evaluating assessments that were made, whether or not those assessments were accurate, whether they were complied with and whether more needs to be done,” she said. “I think that is important before this airplane is back in the air, to really understand what the risks are and that they’re mitigated effectively.”Nine days after the battery fire in Boston, another battery overheated on an All Nippon Airways 787, leading to an emergency landing in Japan. The same day, FAA officials ordered U.S. carriers with 787s — there’s only one, United Airlines, with six planes — to ground the planes. Aviation authorities in other countries swiftly followed suit. In all, 50 planes operated by seven airlines in six countries are grounded.The 787 is Boeing’s newest and most technologically advanced plane. The groundings have become a nightmare for the company, which has about 800 Dreamliner orders from airlines around the globe.Boeing was already spending more money on each 787 it built than it collected from airlines who bought it. On Wednesday, UBS analyst David Strauss estimated that Boeing will spend some $6 billion in cash this year on the plane, while an “extended 787 grounding would result in an even bigger cash burn,” he wrote.“As long as (the) 787 remains grounded, Boeing is faced with the choice of either slowing production or building physical inventory. It will build inventory for now,” he wrote. Boeing already has about 46 787s that have been built but not yet delivered. Many of those were built early on and require more work before they can be handed over to customers.Boeing currently builds five 787s per month. After the groundings it reiterated its plans to boost production to 10 per month by the end of the year, and said it planned to deliver at least 60 of the jets this year.___AP Airlines Writer Joshua Freed in Minneapolis contributed to this report.___Follow Joan Lowy at —Lowy read more

Preview for tonights 128 WWE NXT on the WWE Network

first_img WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp The following is scheduled for tonight’s 1/28 WWE NXT on the WWE Network:* Contract signing for Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens at the 2/11 NXT Takeover live special* NXT Tag Team Titles: The Lucha Dragons (c’s) vs. Buddy Murphy & Wesley Blake* NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte & Bayley vs. The B.A.E.* #1 Contenders Tournament 1st Round Match: Bull Dempsey vs. Baron Corbin* #1 Contenders Tournament 1st Round Match: Adrian Neville vs. Tyson KiddCheck back later this week for a recap of NXT on videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Facebook Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Charlotte Flair Becky Lynch Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlottelast_img read more

Truckers wait hours at USMexico border to get shipments to US

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — To deal with a surge of migrating Central American families, the Trump administration has reassigned so many inspectors from U.S.-Mexico border crossings that truckers are waiting in line for hours and sometimes days to get shipments to the United States.Truckers have been sleeping in their vehicles to hold spots in line in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. The city brought in portable toilets, and an engine oil company hired models in skin-tight clothing to hand out burritos and bottled water to idled drivers.“My family doesn’t recognize me at home anymore,” Jaime Monroy, a trucker who lives in Ciudad Juarez, said after sleeping overnight in his truck hauling a load of wooden furniture. “I leave at 3 in the morning and come back at 10 at night.”The waits are a reminder that even though President Donald Trump walked back his threat to close the border, the administration has created significant impediments for truckers and travelers with its redeployment of customs agents.Business leaders are starting to lose patience as they struggle to get products to American grocery stores, manufacturers and construction sites.“This is a systemwide issue,” said Paola Avila, chairwoman of the Border Trade Alliance, a group that advocates for cross-border commerce. “Everyone’s feeling this.”The traffic congestion comes as a growing number of families from Central America have been arriving at the border in recent months, overwhelming the federal government.The Border Patrol said Tuesday that it set a new monthly record for apprehensions of families in March. More than 53,000 family members were stopped at the border in March, an average of more than 1,700 per day. That breaks a record set in February, when 36,000 parents and children were apprehended.Trump responded by shaking up the top ranks of the Department of Homeland Security, culminating with the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.The migrant families have forced many line agents into humanitarian roles and have strained detention facilities built when the Border Patrol primarily apprehended single adult men.The administration has in turn reassigned 541 border inspectors to other jobs, including processing migrants, providing transportation and performing hospital watch for migrants who require medical attention. It is unknown when they will return to their regular job of screening people and cargo for smuggling.Border Patrol agents, who guard areas between ports, are also doing jobs they were not trained to do, such as medical screenings for children and families in the migrant holding camps.In El Paso, authorities have closed one bridge to truckers, directing them to two other nearby crossings. At San Diego’s only truck crossing, two of 10 lanes are closed.In Nogales, Arizona, the government on Sundays is closing a commercial facility that is crucial to cross-border trade. Up to 12,000 commercial trucks cross the border in Nogales every day, often bringing watermelons, eggplants, berries and grapes.Wait times have doubled at the Santa Teresa, New Mexico, port of entry.“What we’re seeing is a lot of companies making their drivers sleep in their trucks to keep their place in line for the next day,” said Jerry Pacheco, president of the Border Industrial Association and executive director of the International Business Accelerator.In recent years, the rural outpost has become a boomtown of warehouses and industrial parks that funnel raw materials and products back and forth across the border.“Here we are growing companies and growing jobs and everything is great. We added another industrial park with job prospects in tow and then all this happens,” Pacheco said of the latest expansion.The agency’s commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, who was named acting Homeland Security secretary on Sunday, warned of traffic delays when he announced last month in El Paso that inspectors from across the border would be reassigned. Authorities raised the possibility that as many as 2,000 inspectors could be pulled from ports of entry.A Customs and Border Protection mobile app suggested the bottlenecks may have eased by Tuesday. The wait time for truckers was estimated at three hours in San Diego, 2½ hours in El Paso and two hours in Laredo. Still, truckers said wait times have lengthened considerably since authorities announced the reassignments.“This all started about two weeks ago with Trump,” said driver Arturo Menendez, 44, who first entered the line at 4 a.m. Friday with his tractor-trailer full of cardboard used in boxes for U.S.-made products like Toro lawn mowers.At 6 p.m. he was told to leave ahead of the unprecedented closure of all lanes at the Bridge of the Americas on Saturday.He tried again Monday, waiting in a line behind of hundreds of trucks passing through three security checks back at the Bridge of the Americas.Avila, who is also the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s vice president for international affairs, said the delays could encourage more companies to move to Asia, hurting jobs in the U.S. and Mexico.“Now we’re discouraging overseas production,” she said. “We’re cutting out the American manufacturer or the Mexican manufacturer that employs U.S. workers.” April 9, 2019 Posted: April 9, 2019 Truckers wait hours at U.S.-Mexico border to get shipments to U.S. AP AP, last_img read more

People on the Move 121709

first_imgCondé Nast named Julie Raimondi editor in chief of Raimondi also will remain in her role as editor-in-chief of the 16 Brides local mgazines, the publisher said.Robert W. Merry, the former longtime president andeditor-in-chief of Congressional Quarterly, was appointedpublisher of global intelligence publisher STRATFOR, beginning inJanuary. CQ was acquired this summer by the Economist Group, which formed the CQ-Roll Call group.Lebhar-Friedman’s Nation’s Restaurant News announced a number of personnel changes: retail and foodservice groups group publisher Randall Friedman was named publisher, replacing Tom Larranaga; national sales director Chris Keating was promoted to associate publisher; and executive editor Robin Lee Allen and online executive editor Sarah Lockyer were appointed co-leaders of the editorial team, replacing Ellen Koteff.American Express Publishing named Toby McKenna advertising director of digital at Also, Amy Koblenzer was named photo director of Travel + Leisure. Koblenzer most recently served as photo editor at Gourmet, a position she held for six years. United Business Media’s Think Services Game Group promoted Simon Carless to global brand director. Carless replaces Think Services executive vice president Kathy Astromoff, who recently took on a broader management role.Rachel Wintner was appointed to the newly-created position of vice president of sales at Glam Media. Previously, Wintner served as associate publisher of Conde Nast’s Playboy Enterprises Wednesday named senior vice president of strategic planning and treasurer Robert D. Campbell interim CFO, effective January 1, 2010. Campbell replaces Linda G. Havard, who announced her resignation last month and plans to leave the company by the end of the year. The company said it hired BridgeGate LLC to lead the CFO search and that it will bconsider both internal and external candidates. Hearst Magazines International named Sophia Stewart executive director of digital. Most recently, Stewart served as executive director of mobile at Hearst Magazines Digital Media.George Brooks announced his retirement as executive vice president of Norfolk, Virginia-based magazine publisher Dominion Enterprises and as president of Dominion Market Media. Brooks’ departure will be effective January 22, 2010.As part of a restructuring, Tracey Altman was let go as publisher of Reader’s Digest magazine. Her responsibilities will be taken over by Eva Dillon, president of the Reader’s Digest Community. While Altman told FOLIO: she has since contacted her legal counsel, she called it “standard procedure” and said she is not planning legal action against RDA, as was initially reported.last_img read more

AP fails to set up checkposts at TN border loses huge revenue

first_imgTirupati: Absence of RTO check-posts on state borders resulting in transport department losing crores of rupees revenue at AP-Tamil Nadu interstate border near Nagari as well as at Utthukota on Chennai-Tirupati highway in Chittoor district. Especially Chennai-Tirupati highway is always busy with more than 500 yellow board taxis and commercial vehicles come from Tamil Nadu to Tirumala for dropping devotees. Similarly, Chennai–Tirupati via Utthukota route is also busy with plying of interstate transport vehicles and taxis from TN. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us The Tamil Nadu government has been maintaining its check-posts at these two places properly and collecting temporary permit tax from commercial goods carriers as well as from yellow board vehicles (taxis) which enter Tamil Nadu from AP side. But, AP transport department had wound up its two check-posts at Utthukota and Nagari on Chennai highway. AP transport department has its check-post at Renigunta only which is 50 km away from Tamil Nadu border. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us All Tamil Nadu state yellow board taxis are coming without paying temporary permit tax to AP as there is no check-post in border. Moreover, all the TN yellow board taxis are going to Tirumala via Pudi road bypassing the Renigunta check-post. In the absence of checking by AP transport department all the TN yellow board taxis or commercial vehicles are not paying the permit tax and going directly to Tirumala without permit. It is a big loss to the AP government in the present financial crisis. Advertise With Us At the same time, TN transport department is regularly maintaining the two RTO check-posts on their side on border with AP. And compulsory collecting temporary permit tax in crores of rupees from AP yellow board taxis which are going to Chennai with passengers. TN transport department is collecting temporary tax of Rs 400 from our state yellow board taxis strictly. The failure on the part of state transport department to earn revenue by issuing temporary permits by establishing the check-posts at Nagari border as well as at Utthukota border is baffling. Renigunta RTO check-post in-charge Ajaya Kumar told The Hans India that there was no proposal for setting up of RTO check-posts at Tamil Nadu border areas like Utthukota and Nagari. Whereas Tamil Nadu yellow board vehicles should get permission from Renigunta RTO , if they did not get temporary permits our AMVIs concerned can book cases against those taxies, he added.last_img read more

Did Hansika convince Simbu to work with her in Maha

first_imgSimbu and Hansika Motwani.PR HandoutEx-lovers Simbu and Hansika Motwani are working together again in her upcoming movie Maha. Director UR Jameel is bringing them together once again although the actor will be just doing an extended cameo.Now, the latest rumours doing rounds in tinsel town says that it Hansika Motwani who convinced Simbu to work with her again. Even though they had broken up, when the director expressed his wish to cast him in the crucial role, the actress took the onus on her to initiate the talks and then requested him to act in the Tamil film.While talking to The Times of India, UR Jameel had apparently given a hint of it. “I had a few other artistes in mind for this particular role. Hansika used to ask me about my choice for the role. When I suggested Simbu, she agreed to talk to him regarding the same. The actor listened to the story and agreed immediately,” the daily had quoted him as saying recently.It is said to be an interesting character, which is expected to remain in the viewers’ mind for a long time, say reports. The shooting of Simbu’s portion begins once he returns from London. The earlier reports had claimed that his portions will be shot in Istanbul and he had given seven-day callsheet for it.Simbu and Hansika Motwani were in love for a brief period and made their relationship known to the world through a formal announcement. However, their relationship did not last long as they parted ways. A movie still from “Vaalu”.IB Times Indialast_img read more

MS DhoniVirat Kohli relationship Ravi Shastri reveals what keeps them going

first_imgBack in 2012, Virat Kohli was struggling to get runs in Test cricket and was very close to losing his place in the side, but he found a vocal supporter in his captain MS Dhoni. He vindicated this decision by slamming a century in Adelaide and has not looked back since. And now, when Dhoni was struggling to get going in ODIs, Kohli threw all his support behind the former captain. The two combine beautifully on the field and Indian cricket prospers.The two blokes who are stark opposite to each other add the perfect balance to the side and head coach Ravi Shastri spoke at length about how the duo have been contributing to the Indian side. “Each one has his own style and each one is different. When you mention Virat and MS, yes, they are different, the way they play and the way they captain. MS was the senior man when Virat was coming through the ranks,” Shastri told Mirror Now.’Mutual respect for each other is massive’ MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli combine beautifullyReuters”Virat gave him the respect he deserved. Now MS is not the captain, Virat is, so MS does the same thing. The mutual respect for each other is massive and that’s all you want as a coach,” he further added.Such is the bond between the two players that Dhoni has a free hand to conduct the way bowlers and fielders strategise on the field even in the presence of Kohli. The players too have said that Dhoni’s tactical nous and advice from behind the stumps is exceptional.Former Australian cricketer Shane Warne too said that Kohli is a terrific leader but the presence of Dhoni in the side gives him the tactical edge as well as he a wealth of experience to guide him. He also believed that India and Kohli needed Dhoni’s calmness in the World Cup when the pressure will be extreme. MS Dhoni, Virat KohliRobert Cianflone/Getty Images”Virat Kohli is a terrific leader but several times we can have experience of MS Dhoni to help Virat when pressure is on. It’s easy to captain a side when things are going well but when it’s tough you need experience like you saw in MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni is a great player,” Warne said.last_img read more

Meghan Markle did not want to be at Trooping the Colour 2019

first_imgPrince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to tie the knot in May 2018.Getty ImagesMeghan Markle was apparently delayed while attending Trooping the Colour 2019. The event marked the official birthday of the Queen, and every member of the Royal Family was present to celebrate, in such a case, Meghan’s delay would have been all the more prominent.Now, why was the Duchess of Sussex late to her first public appearance since the birth of baby Archie? There could have been a number of reasons for her delay, and we have to say that some of them may be due to baby Archie. It is understandable, since Meghan Markle is a new mother. Parenting duties always come first, even if it is the Queen’s birthday.She was late for the balcony photo and it looked like the couple Sussex was sidelined during the picture. Which did not sit well with fans. Meghan and Harry did not seem like they wanted to be there at all. As Prince Harry looked annoyed and there was also an awkward exchange between the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, where it looked like Prince Harry was scolding Meghan Markle.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesWell baby Archie was deemed too young to attend, he was the only member of the Royal Family who was exempt from attending along with Prince Philip who has retired. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are said to be employing a more hands on approach while raising their child, which makes us think that it involves Meghan breathing down the neck of her baby’s nanny. The Duchess of Sussex has had a few issues with nannies and Royal staff in the past. We hope that she is able to find the right balance between her parenting duties and her Royal duties.last_img read more

MediaPad M5 Lite vs iPad Why Huawei Almost Beats Apple

first_imgDisplay10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 pixels9.7 inches, 2048 x 1536 pixels Starting Price$299$329 Design (15)1311 Battery Life (20)2015 Display (20)1319 Storage32GB32GB | 128GB by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndo247 SportsThe Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019, Ranked247 SportsUndoAdvertisement From the second I saw Huawei’s MediaPad M5 lite, I knew that it was made to fight Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad. The 10.1-inch tablet looks just like Apple’s slate, costs $30 less and offers a way for kids to log directly into their own interface, which the iPad doesn’t.However, the iPad’s excellent screen, fast performance and AR tricks mean that even this 2018 tablet can keep up with the latest competition. Here’s how the 9.7-inch iPad compares with the Huawei MediaPad M5 lite.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 MediaPad M5 lite vs iPad Battery13:1310:07 So, the iPad wins this battle of the tablets. Sure, Huawei’s kicking butt in battery life, but Apple’s time isn’t that shabby, and it makes up for that in performance, display and the convenience of iOS. If Huawei  spends a little more time refining the MediaPad M5 Lite — and gives it a serious processor — it’ll have a tablet that poses a serious threat to the iPad.Credit: Laptop Mag MediaPad M5 liteiPad microSD CardUp to 256 GBNo reader  Henry T. Casey, Henry T. Casey, on Total (110)79/11089/110 CPUHuawei Kirin 659Apple A10 Fusion DesignThe iPad retains its simple, familiar design — an aluminum back and glass front — and the MediaPad M5 lite is a decent imitator, with minor differences. The rear of Huawei’s tablet is made of an aluminum alloy, not just aluminum, and its display is a slightly chunky, curved 2.5D glass pane that looks awkward.The MediaPad M5 lite (9.58 x 6.39 x 0.30 inches) and the iPad (9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches) are similar in size. Their difference in width — the iPad is wider — though, is visibly greater than their difference in height. Both have the same weight: 1.1 pounds. MediaPad M5 liteiPad Size9.58 x 6.39 x 0.30 inches9.45 x 6.67 x 0.30 inches Weight1.1 pounds1.1 pounds Performance (20)1418 Value (10)85 Software (5)25 Special Features (10)38 Memory (RAM)3GB2GB Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters. Audio (10)68 Author Bio Both feature lock and volume buttons, as well as home buttons, though the iPad’s actually moves and the M5 lite’s doesn’t. The MediaPad M5’s got a slight camera bubble, but it doesn’t look bad, even next to the iPad’s, which is flush with its back.Both feature fingerprint sensors in their home buttons for biometric security, but each has a different trick. While Apple’s Touch ID sensor can be used for purchases, the MediaPad M5 lite’s can be used to let kids and parents into their different interfaces.Buy on AmazonBut for all their similarities, the iPad just looks outdated next to the M5 lite, thanks to chunky bezels that I hope Apple trims down in its 2019 tablets. The M5 lite doesn’t have an edge-to-edge screen, mind you, but its display-to-chassis ratio is much better.Winner: MediaPad M5 liteDisplayAs I watched a series of YouTube videos on the iPad and MediaPad M5 lite, a predictable situation played out. While the green grass of a scene from Adventure Time looked correct on the iPad, it bore a stronger, more saturated neon hue on the M5 lite.When looking at the album art for Travis Scott’s “Astroworld,” the gold building made in the rapper’s image rendered more accurately on the iPad and more outlandishly on the MediaPad. The Huawei tablet comes with two optional color settings (Warm and Cold), but neither look visibly different than the standard Default option.While the iPad rates a smidge higher on color output, with 119 percent of the sRGB spectrum to the M5 lite’s 114 percent, that’s only half the story. Apple’s slate packs superior max brightness, pumping out 489 nits compared with the M5 lite’s 427 nits.The starkest difference is found in pixel density, as the 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel MediaPad M5 lite’s got a 224 pixel per inch ratio, while the 9.7-inch, 2048 x 1536 pixel iPad measures 264 ppi.Buy on Apple Both offer strong color that doesn’t distort when viewed at off-angles, even retained good color when you’re viewing the screen from an angle of 75 degrees. The MediaPad’s screen is far glossier, though, so images can get clouded by reflection.Winner: iPadAudioAt first, I thought the MediaPad won this round, as the M5 lite’s sound was notably louder than the iPad’s. However, as both tablets filled a conference room with Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” it took no time, to realize that the M5 lite’s bass wasn’t there.MORE: Best Headphones and Earbuds for Enjoying MusicWhile the iPad doesn’t get as loud, it still wins for its clearer audio. Both were streaming the track off YouTube, but only the MediaPad sounded significantly compressed and lossy.Winner: iPadPerformanceNeither the iPad nor the MediaPad M5 lite run on modern chips, but there’s a notable gap between the two. After I split the iPad’s screen between a 1080p YouTube video and a half- dozen Chrome tabs, everything stayed responsive and speedy, even while PUBG Mobile downloaded in the background. Under the same duress (without the background downloading), I saw slower response times from the MediaPad M5 lite.On the Geekbench 4 general-performance test, the iPad’s Apple A10 Fusion chip earned a 5,983, which exceeds the 3,845 from the MediaPad (Kirin 659) and the 4,290 tablet average.Another iPad win came from the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test, where its 37,117 beat the M5 lite’s 11,746. For additional context, the iPad’s score is higher than the 20,537 tablet average, and the MediaPad’s is not.MORE: Best 2-in-1s – Laptop/Tablet Hybrids – Laptop MagI saw that difference for myself running PUBG Mobile on both the MediaPad and iPad. Although the game automatically selected the High graphics settings on the iPad, and looked clear and played relatively smoothly (with minor frame-rate issues), the shooter could run only on the Low graphics setting on the MediaPad, where it looked pixely and blurry as if it were a PS2 game.Winner: iPadSpecial FeaturesThe iPad and MediaPad both seek to offer something for younger users, but only one hits it out of the park. I was really intrigued by the MediaPad’s Kids Corner app, which kids can log in to with their fingerprint, but it allows for only one user at a time, and is missing a web browser for kids, so you can’t filter what content they see.Kids Corner allows a (single) child to log in to their own interface, while parents’ fingertips log in to the full featured version of the slate. But Kids Corner’s lack of any substantial apps (shallow imitators of a drawing app, a camera and a gallery app don’t impress us much) and a paltry amount of parental controls make it too barren for it to really matter. As much as we want Apple to introduce multiple user logins for iOS, it’s better off waiting than releasing a half-baked version like this.Over on the iPad, Apple’s succeeded with its augmented-reality apps, giving kids experiences you won’t find on any Android slates. One major highlight includes the interactive anatomy lessons in Froggipedia, where you can dissect a frog with a stylus.Winner: iPadBattery LifeThe iPad lasted 10 hours and 7 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test (web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brightness), which is a pretty great time. But Huawei MediaPad M5 lite readjusted my standards by posting a time of 13:13 on the same test, providing a shocking and impressive margin of victory.Winner: iPadSoftwareWhile iOS is finally getting good on the iPad, Android is still languishing on tablets and Huawei’s making things worse, skinning Android Oreo with its EMUI tech. Both give you split-screen mode, but the iPad’s dock and App Spaces is still visibly easier to use and comprehend than the Android alternative.Also, Huawei packs in odd touches, like performance-optimization tools that don’t work consistently, and on-screen messages that refer to the device as a phone. While many have mocked the iPad for being a big iPhone, at least the iPad doesn’t call itself that.Winner: iPadValueNot only does the $299 MediaPad M5 lite include its aforementioned stylus, it’s $30 less than the $329 iPad, which doesn’t include Apple’s $99 Pencil accessory. And Huawei’s pen is pretty decent, allowing relatively speedy responsiveness, especially for a pack-in gadget.  Winner: MediaPad M5 liteOverall Winnerlast_img read more

Update Roadworks on pause till after the Easter holiday

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite N3TC has confirmed that all roadworks on the N3 will be on hold till April 7. This is good news for Ladysmith and out-of-town motorists who will be going away over the Easter holiday.Last night (March 27), the workers stopped all their construction on the N3. This means that all lanes are clear to traffic; no headaches at all.Read initial story: Roadworks on N3 should be completed before Easter holidaysAlso read: 5 road safety tips for Easter travellersStay safe and enjoy the journey! Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img

With just 9 days clock is ticking on Air Canadas surprise Aeroplan

first_img TORONTO — Less than a week after Aeroplan parent company Aimia said it was eyeing charter flights to its most popular destinations, comes the announcement that a new corporation headed up by Air Canada wants to acquire Aeroplan for $2.25 billion, including $250 million in cash and $2 billion worth of Aeroplan points liability.The buy would bring Air Canada full circle with the wildly popular loyalty program. Back in May 2017 Air Canada announced it was parting ways with Aimia and Aeroplan effective 2020, with plans to develop a new loyalty program in-house. The new loyalty program, still on track, is scheduled to launch in 2020.Aeroplan was created by Air Canada in 1984 and spun off in 2002. With more than 5 million active members Aeroplan is the fourth most popular loyalty program in Canada, behind Air Miles, Shoppers Optimum (now PC Optimum) and Canadian Tire’s newly-renamed Triangle. Now Air Canada, TD Bank, CIBC, and Visa Canada Corporation, on behalf of a corporation to be formed, have issued a statement announcing their proposal to Aimia to acquire its Aeroplan loyalty business – including $2 billion of Aeroplan points liability as of March 31, 2018 – for $250 million in cash, representing a total purchase price of $2.25 billion. The acquisition, if Aimia signs on, “will ensure value and continuity for their members as well as customers of Air Canada, TD, CIBC and Visa”, according to the statement, and would allow for a smooth transition of Aeroplan members’ points to Air Canada’s new loyalty program launching in 2020.The statement says the parties have requested “a prompt response” from Aimia regarding the proposal, which has an expiry date of Aug. 2. On July 20 Aimia Inc. CEO Jeremy Rabe announced that Aeroplan was looking to get into the airline business by offering charter flights to its most popular destinations. “We have routes where we have enough redemption demand today that we can fly a daily charter throughout the year on some particular routes,” said Rabe, adding that Aimia was in negotiations with potential airline partners to operate narrow-body aircraft ideally suited for flights to sun destinations in the Caribbean.“Those will be dedicated Aeroplan aircraft that are flying just for Aeroplan.”He added: “We can optimize the itineraries, we can make sure that those planes are flying to the places where people actually want seats and again that’s a big difference than today.”  With files from The Canadian Press Posted by With just 9 days clock is ticking on Air Canada’s surprise Aeroplan buyout offer Share Wednesday, July 25, 2018 center_img Travelweek Group Tags: Acquisitions, Aeroplan, Air Canada << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more